Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Artforum and Knight Landesman
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Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Artforum and Knight Landesman

Knight Landesman at the Armory Show in 2015. KATHERINE MCMAHON New York’s Supreme Court has dismissed a case against Artforum International Magazine, Inc., and the publication’s former publisher, Knight Landesman, whom curator and art fair director Amanda Schmitt claimed had sexually harassed her via “unwelcome physical contact and repulsive written and oral demands for intimacy” while she was an employee at the magazine. Margaret L. Watson, a lawyer for Landesman, confirmed the news and declined to comment. Artforum said today in a statement, “Despite the fact that the lawsuit has been dismissed, we remain firm in our commitment to create a safe and equitable workplace for our employees and associates.” Emily Reisbaum, a lawyer representing Schmitt, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Schmitt’s case against Artforum and Landesman was filed in October 2017. The case accused the magazine of knowingly allowing Landesman’s harassment of Schmitt and several other female employees, and alleged that Artforum had threatened retaliation against them. At the time, Schmitt’s legal team was seeking compensatory damages of $500,000 plus attorneys’ fees and punitive damages. Since then, the case has become one of the most high-profile filings related to the #MeToo movement in the […]

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